The round-up: food truck fever – where to get your snack on during the week
In the words of Craig David from his smash hit ‘Seven Days’ – “found a food truck on Monday, sought another for some eats on Tuesday, we were snacking down on Wednesday, and on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and once more on Sunday.” We’re not 100 percent certain, but we’re fairly sure that’s how the song goes. Brisbane’s street food scene is a veritable melting pot of good eats – so good in fact that locals are often opting for a hearty food truck feast instead of dining out. If you’ve ever craved street eats on a school night and have been unable to find a mobile meal dispensary nearby, take solace in the fact that food trucks do roam the streets on every night of the week. With the help of Brisbane Food Trucks, we’ve done the legwork to give you a seven-day rundown of where you can go to find a reliable food truck feed on any given night.
We don’t care if Monday’s blue, life is great when we’ve got food. If the Monday melancholies have got you down, take heart – there is a sublime dinner waiting for you when you knock off. Yes, that’s right – food trucks do operate on Mondays! If you are keen on starting the week on a tasty note, head to Green Beacon Brewing in Newstead and grab a slice from Pizzantica every Monday. If you don’t feel like pizza, King of the Wings also gets into the Monday spirit with an appearance every week at JB HiFi in Kedron from 5:00–7:30 pm.
We’re all for renaming the second day of the work week to Tasty Tuesday thanks to the effort put in by Brisbane’s food truck community. Pizzantica hangs out at Green Beacon Brewing on Tuesdays, while Vira Lata Food Truck hawks its goods in Stafford at Roy Harvey Park on Byth Street and near Annerley’s Billykart Kitchen alternating fortnightly. The Bun Mobile alternates its location each Tuesday, taking up position at Cannon Hill opposite the Caltex and at Bob Jane T-Mart on Cavendish Road in Coorparoo, while King of the Wings parks its truck at Pacific Petroleum in Sunnybank on Tuesday evenings.
When a mid-week hunger pang makes you double over, do you know where to go to get your gobble on? Brisbane City Food Trucks sets up on the corner of Alfred and Constance Streets from 11:00 am to 2:30 pm, while those wanting to get a grip on a delicious burger can find Mr Burger at Fox Coffee in Geebung from 11:30 am until 1:30 pm. The reliable Green Beacon Brewing welcomes King of the Wings every Wednesday for a night dedicated to the classic pairing of beer and chicken. The Bun Mobile alternates dinner at Souths Rugby Fields in Graceville and Bob Jane T-Mart in Carina on Wednesdays. You can also catch Vira Lata Food Truck at the Cannon Hill Baptist Church on Richmond Road from 5:30–8:30 pm doing 50 cent wings – yasss!
Thursday comes around and we are officially over the mid-week hump – that means it’s time to celebrate. Brisbane City Food Trucks at Alfred and Constance Streets has new food trucks every week for lunch and dinner. King of the Wings can be found at Brendale Brewing Co for dinner and bun hunters can catch The Bun Mobile when it flips its weekly spot between dinner at Beaurepairs on Stafford Road in Stafford and at 99 Bikes in Chermside. The Milton Mini Markets lights up Cribb Street with a bunch of street food delights from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, and Mr Burger rolls in to Told You So Coffee in North Lakes from 5:00–8:00 pm. Vira Lata Food Truck pulls up for a three-hour stint at coveted coffee haunt The Single Guys on Thursday nights from 5:30 pm. Green Beacon Brewing rotates its Thursday night food truck offering, as does All Inn Brewing Co in Brisbane’s north.
Friday might just be the biggest day of the week for food truck lovers, with a huge amount of spots to get a feed throughout the day and night. Mr Henderson in Sandgate and the Bardon Bowls Club welcome a different food truck each week, while Thirsty Chiefs Brewing in North Lakes, Slipstream Brewing in Yeerongpilly, Green Beacon Brewing, All Inn Brewing Co and Brendale Brewing Company pair craft beverages with different bites for some sublime knock offs. King of the Wings sets up shop at 1 William Street every Friday for lunch, and then moves to Ballistic Beer Co for dinner. The Bun Mobile can be found at either Chardons Corner Hotel in Annerley, at Merlo Coffee on Latrobe Terrace in Paddington or at Beaurepairs in Manly. The new Brisbane City Food Trucks on Alfred and Constance Street has wagons stationed for lunch and dinner every Friday, while you can also find Mr Burger at 56 Edmondstone Road in Bowen Hills from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. You can catch Istanbul Eats most Fridays at Beaurepairs in Woolloongabba, and every third Friday, Shorncliffe locals come in droves to the Food Truck Collective’s gathering from 4:00–8:00 pm. Rolling Stone Mobile Woodfired Pizza sets up shop at Morningside Panthers every first and third Friday of the month, with the latter date seeing a collaboration with Abbiocco Food Truck for a taste of Italy evening. Ma Petite Cuisine rolls in to the Boundary Street Markets every Friday, and Eats and Beats in Logan hosts a curated selection of street eats on the fourth Friday of the month. With a selection like this, we’re certain you’ll soon be saying TGIF with a lot more gusto.
The weekend is the perfect time to go hunting for food trucks, and we’ve got the hot tip on where to find some. Mr Henderson, Thirsty Chiefs Brewing, Green Beacon Brewing, Slipstream Brewing, Ballistic Beer Co., Brendale Brewing Co and All Inn Brewing Co regularly host food trucks on Saturdays. The Bardon Bowls Club encourages all comers to curve some bowls and snack on a rotating selection of street food each weekend, while King of the Wings sets up at the Mt Gravatt Marketta to ensure locals on the southside get their weekly dose of wings. The Bun Mobile can be found at Food Truck Picnics that alternate location fortnightly, Ma Petite Cuisine backs up for another appearance at the Boundary Street Markets, Istanbul Eats appears at Beaurepairs in Woolloongabba in the evenings, and on the first Saturday of the month the Food Truck Collective’s food truck hub pops up on the corner of Ann and Chester Street in Fortitude Valley.
Lazy Sundays are great for kicking back and enjoying some quality time with your favourite foods. If you fancy having a Sunday session, Mr Henderson in Sandgate, Thirsty Chiefs Brewing, Ballistic Beer Co., Green Beacon Brewing, Slipstream Brewing and All Inn Brewing Co will pour you a frothy one while you place an order at the food truck outside. Every month some of Brisbane’s biggest food truck gatherings take place, including Downey Park Food Trucks in Windsor and Park Food Trucks in a new location each time, while Food Truck Collective organises Food Trucks on the Green, which appears at a different bowls club on the last Sunday of each month. If you want to try the newest and most exciting food trucks, there’s a good chance one of these events will be on for you to seek out.
Food Truck Hubs
Brisbane City Council has also made a number of sites available around town for a rotating cast of food wagons to stop at regularly. Before flocking to any of these locations, it’s best to check Brisbane City Council’s BNE Food Trucks website to see what truck is serving where. Hungry inner-city workers can find food trucks such as Rolling Stone Mobile Woodfired Pizza, Lydia’s Charkor BBQ, Ruby the Little Red Ice Cream Van and Fuel by Salt Meats Cheese at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm from Monday through to Saturday and at Upper Roma Street at E.E. McCormick Place every day of the week. The Kangaroo Point Cliffs make for a picturesque dinner spot, with food trucks parking on River Terrace from 5:00–8:00 pm all week. Albert Street’s shared zone is also home to food trucks on Thursday and Friday from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm. Weekend warriors can chow down at several food truck spots including Captain Burke Park in Kangaroo Point, Orleigh Park in West End, Sir Samuel Griffith Drive on Mount Coot-tha, Decker Park on the Brighton Foreshore, the Hidden Road Playground in Fitzgibbon and the George Clayton Park in Manly for afternoon eats on Saturday and Sunday, and you may also catch a food truck or two on Jane Street in West End from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm on Sundays.
To find out where food trucks are roaming daily, check out Brisbane City Council’s BNE Food Trucks website (if you’ve been living under a rock, find out more here) or have a browse through our Stumble Guide.
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